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Anwar, Hannah and Lukman at the match

Hannah enjoys the match with Bangla Bantams members Anwar (left) and Lukman (right)

A matchday out with Bangla Bantams

Fans for Diversity is a joint campaign between the Football Supporters’ Association and Kick It Out, which aims to ensure all supporters can feel welcome and safe at the match. On Saturday campaign manager Hannah Kumari visited Bradford City, taking in the match and a visit to BEAP Community Centre, alongside FSA associate members Bangla Bantams.

Hannah tells us more:

“I had a great day on Saturday, with the awesome and multi-generational women of the Bangla Bantams. The club rounded off their season with a 4-1 win against Newport County, missing out on the play-offs by a single point.

BEAP volunteer Priti at the game

“I was really impressed by the City fans, with an attendance of over 18,000 for a League Two fixture, and loads of singing throughout.

“I stayed in Bradford and saw lots of people and groups in shirts in the morning. It reminded me how much football is part of the community in regional towns and cities, where there are no massive global football ‘brands’, just clubs that mean something to people.

“The stadium itself is positioned with a perfect view of countryside and old mill buildings, things characteristic of this part of Yorkshire.

“It was great to hear from Bangla Bantams and BEAP how supportive the club are. The community centre is directly under the stadium, meaning young people playing football there literally look up to the professional game, and there are pathways in place with the club for boys, and in development for girls.

“This can play an important part in ensuring a diverse range of talent in football while continuing to build a fan base which represents the local community – and that’s what Bangla Bantams are all about.”

Bangla Bantams: 

(Left to right): Bangla Bantams / Hannah with Anwar and Lukman / BEAP Community Centre.

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